Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Kiteboarding in Tonga in Photos and Satellite Images.



Liz has already written about our great time kiting in Tonga.  This blog post adds a few more photos as well as satellite imagery pictures of where we kited.  Kiters looking for more information should also definitely look at SV Estrellita's post on kiting in Vava'u here.


The first place we kited in Tonga was at the Kite Surf Tonga resort at the north tip of Uoleva Island.  The kiting location is marked with the white arrow below.  We anchored in the south west bay of Uoleva as the kids had some friends there and Liz and I dingied to the kiting.



Not a bad place to kite ... (Kite Surf Tonga photo)



Next we headed south to Uonukauhakaki Island.  We kited at the white arrow below and anchored to the west of the island.  The spot looks amazing in south-east winds that were forecast.  Unfortunately the winds that actually came were north east so it was not very comfortable.






We needed to extend our visas so we sailed north to Vava'u.  Following Livia's guidance in her blog we headed for Kenutu once the winds came back. 

We anchored at the white arrow.

and kited at the waypoint marked "Kenutu Kite"


also a place for the kids to play

and some yoga

and some kiting !  Fluenta in the background.  A busy day as another boat there !

Flying the kids too.

Flying the kids too.


Once back in Ha'apai we checked out some of the other potential kiting spots while watching the whales.  One of the most interesting was Nukupule Island shown below. We kited at the white arrow and anchored at waypoint "1".




Nukupule Island.  Lots of waves to play on at the reef.
Of all the places we visited we spent the most time anchored somewhere off Foa Island as it had the best mix of kiting, whales, snorkelling and kids ashore for our kids to play with.

The north tip of Foa Island - the site of Matafonua and Sandy Beaches Resorts.

A still image from a video that Darren, the owner of the two resorts, took on his drone.

More pictures of the kids with their excellent kite surf instructor, Dan.

and lastly, Liz and Johnathan rescuing me in a squall after the bladder in the kite burst.

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